Bike marking and cycle security

Advice on how to keep your cycles safe in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London each year.

Bike marking events

Reduce your risk of theft by getting your bike security-marked and registered with BikeRegister.

The laminated, tamper resistant warning label serves as a visible deterrent to would-be thieves. Bike owners can take comfort in knowing that they’re able to trace and identify their bikes thanks to their unique number or scannable QR code.

Together with the police, Hammersmith & Fulham is holding regular bike marking events around the borough.

Come along to get your bike marked free of charge – or to discuss your safety concerns with officers from H&F’s Community Safety team and the police.

To learn more about upcoming events, email or call 020 8753 2816.

Take action today to keep bike thieves at bay

You may also follow these additional tips to lock thieves out and keep your bike safe and secure:

1. Record details of your bike. Make a note of your frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), BikeRegister number, other distinguishing features, and take a photo.

2. Use locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard. Also, use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor quality locks - make it as difficult for them as possible.

3. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.

4. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre. Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible.

5. Take parts that are easy to remove with you. For example, saddles and wheels. Or use secure skewers, which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal parts such as saddle or wheels.

6. Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.

7. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home. Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds.

8. Don't buy a stolen second-hand bike. Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number at BikeRegister.

9. If your bike has been stolen, contact the police. Give them your frame number, BikeRegister number, photo and any other details:

  • for thefts from the railway, Tube, DLR and Tramlink stations, contact the British Transport Police
  • for thefts within the City of London, contact City of London Police
  • ror thefts anywhere else, contact your local police service.

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